General Discussion, Monday, January 15, 2018

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    What else? National Hat Day!

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  2. John Denney says:

    Greetings, Stellars.

    Grist for the mill.

    Leftists/Democrats are all about control; everything must be regulated.

    Funny how they don’t want to regulate and control the borders, though.

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  3. Lucille says:

    In concert with Stella’s beautiful photo of the day….

    Siena and Tuscany’s Wine Country
    Rick Steves’ Europe

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Blueberry Scones

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 7 people

  6. stella says:

    The first in a series of BBC shows (I think there are three series of these on YouTube). Hosted by an Italian chef and a British art historian, they visit well-known and mostly unknown (by us) cities and towns and the art therein, as well as the food! The hosts are congenial and the shows entertaining and informative:

    The first is about Bologna – the city where my former employer is headquartered, and where most of the Italians I call friends were born. A couple of my bosses (and others I know, I’m sure) graduated from the University of Bologna.

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  7. stella says:

    The ancient horse race (Palio) held every year in Siena Italy:

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  8. Menagerie says:

    Good Monday morning to everyone. I’m happy to be home, especially since it took some doing to get here. There is no place like home, but it sure is good to go out and have a small adventure every now and again.

    I like this guy’s attitude! Short and smart azz.

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  9. stella says:

    The Facebook drug dealers: How cannabis and cocaine is openly being peddled to children on social media

    They shut down conservative pages, but drug dealers are just fine, apparently.

    Drug dealers are openly using Facebook to target children, a Daily Mail investigation reveals.

    Scores of criminals are freely touting for business on the site and other social media giants including Instagram and Twitter.

    Many are offering cannabis for sale. One dealer, when contacted, offered to sell cocaine. A reporter posing as a teenage boy found dealers on Facebook willing to supply him with drugs even when they knew he was still at school.

    On Instagram, the picture sharing site owned by Facebook, an account with more than 22,000 followers appeared to be dedicated to verifying genuine cannabis dealers in the UK.

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    • Gil says:

      Oh yes social media, all of it is used. Craigslist is a big big ad for stolen property, drugs, and sex trafficking. It must be the mom in me, but I get nervous driving at night because there are so many more drunks, etc on the road after 7 pm.


  10. stella says:

    FB friend’s comment about NPR news coverage:

    My car has only AM-FM and Sunday afternoons the classical/jazz station has organ music, which I don’t care for, so if I’m in the car and there’s no baseball game, I may see what quiz or game show they have.

    I stopped listening some years ago for many reasons, but here was one factor, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere today:

    During their hourly newscast their Middle Eastern correspondent had a brief story and while I am paraphrasing, I am doing so fairly and reasonably. “There has been another outbreak in the cycle of violence that rends this strife-torn land. Two young women, one Arab, one Jewish, were killed today in an explosion in the Hebrew University cafeteria.” End of story, on to the next report.

    What she didn’t mention was a minor detail…the reason the two young women died was that the Arab woman committed suicide in order to murder the Jew.

    This was even better than the CNN crawl I saw once under their program: “Palestinian shot and killed while attempting to board bus in Israel.” Damn, you’d think, guy just wants a ride and these Jews drop him.

    You had to go to the website and dig to find out the guy was trying to get on the bus…in order to kill as many people as he could and fortunately someone had a gun and popped him.

    Then again, the left has always been a bit casual about Jewish lives.

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    • Menagerie says:

      It seems to me that some on the right are casual about Jewish lives too. I’m not sure about the population in general, but one of the things that infuriates me about the traditional Catholics is that a significant number of them are very comfortable attacking Jews and Israel.

      They are really good at disguising it as “reality” or “you may not know this truth about business, the press…” or whatever, you name it. They are always just sharing a tidbit you didn’t know.

      I haven’t been able to figure out where this comes from, and why so many of them follow these beliefs. It’s frustrating, because I cannot for the life of me figure out where they get this from, and I’ve tried. I would sure like to find the source or motivation for it, to try and understand better where this comes from.

      I actually have had one more or less say to me that my attitude about Israel and Jews is a holdover from rhetoric I learned as a child in Evangelical churches, said in superior and pitying kind of “you’ll grow up someday and open your eyes” kind of way.

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      • lovely says:

        They are really good at disguising it as β€œreality” or β€œyou may not know this truth about business, the press…” or whatever, you name it. They are always just sharing a tidbit you didn’t know.

        St. John Vianney has a lovely solution for folks like this, he would very gently take the speakers hand and say “We must then at once pray a rosary for this person (or people)” and he would then begin a 15 decade rosary and of curse the person being a good Catholic felt compelled to join him. An added perk is that he would begin walking and the poor person would end up miles outside of town by the time they were done praying.

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    • “Then again, the left has always been a bit casual about Jewish lives.”

      Last week during my ongoing WWII research, I had gone out to the Interwebz to try and find out what happened to the Germans who opposed. Did they just get executed, were they sent to concentration camps, I mean what happened to them?

      None of the resulting websites on Google were real sure about the answer to my question, but nevermind because Germany was engaging in the Holocaust and that’s what matters!!!!!!! I am now convinced that if an alien landed on Earth and set about studying the history of Earth, it would quickly come to the conclusion that only reason WWII happened was because Germany had to be stopped from completing the Holocaust and killing off all the Jews.

      But as I was trying to find something that would actually answer my question, it occurred to me that lots of groups in the Middle East have made it abundantly clear that they hate Israel, will stop at nothing until they’ve gotten rid of the country, and this…just doesn’t seem to click for people. We have this weeping and gnashing of teeth over the Holocaust, and I’m not trying to downplay or deny that it was a bad thing, but the “never again” stuff wears thin when these same weepy-eyed folks just can’t seem to grasp the fact that lots of Muslims want to have a second Holocaust (and are vigorously denying that the first one ever happened.)

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  11. Gil says:

    I hate seeing things like this. Nothing will ever be as good. Apparently a mining company bought this whole German town. Apparently they have been promised a modern church, but Im not sure what that means.

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  12. stella says:

    Talk about shitholes:

    San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste

    For those who have maintained that San Francisco is full of . . . whatever, there is now living proof. How much poop is there on the streets of the City by the Bay?

    Would you believe there is an online map to track human feces on the city’s streets? There is.

    According to Fox News, one area of the city reported a 140% rise in feces. As Jay Caruso of RedState noted, β€œPublic urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles.”

    When did the gleaming jewel that was San Francisco become a repository for poop? Mayor Willie Brown terminated ordinances; city district Attorney Terence Hallinan would not prosecute β€œvictimless” crimes involving drugs and prostitution…

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  13. Sharon says:

    Video done by a Nigerian in the US who is going back to Nigeria. His point (made with the repeated use of the word itself) is that Nigeria is exactly what a shole country would be and for people to stop acting like Donald Trump’s language is the problem, since it is the truth.

    This man doesn’t use notes. He doesn’t spend time defending Trump from accusations of racism–apparently even allow for the possibility that Trump might be that…..(which I don’t think he is – my point is – that is not this man’s concern). He is going after Africans who are denying reality out of some group loyalty.

    He just says what is so.

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  14. stella says:

    Made by my older grandson for breakfast this morning:

    One is filled with Nutella, and the other is filled with PB&J.

    He got the pan as a Christmas gift.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Menagerie says:

      Reminds me of the aebleskivers. Might those recipes work for him? They sure are good, especially that one from Williams Sonoma that you found for me. It is my all time favorite one.

      I love things like that. Fun to make treats, the family gets excited about their favorite filling, everyone gets to have their pick. I just love having them all gathered in the kitchen laughing and excited about the next batch.

      I don’t know what you call that thing, but I hope your grandson has as much fun with it as I do my pan. And the fish are seriously neat!

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  15. Gil says:

    This guy really in very arrogant and seems to think he is a direct connection to the pulse of the U.S. Does he have a chance at becoming a senator?

    Chelsea Manning confirmed Sunday that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2018 Maryland
    Democratic primary.

    Manning is running as a Democrat and will challenge two-term Sen. Ben Cardin in the primary.

    Manning is yet to file for the primary with the state elections board, which she must do in person by Feb. 27, according to the board’s website.

    Senator Cardin is also yet to file. But campaign finance reports show that his campaign had nearly $2 million cash on hand in late September.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      How can someone convicted of treasonous acts be a Senator? Don’t they have to have security clearances? Doesn’t make sense to me.


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  17. Lucille says:

    This is so adorable…

    Dog Figured out How to Sled

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  18. Gil says:

    Whoa momma! Ill need a dolly for my hand please. β˜ΊπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ€—

    One of the biggest diamonds in history has been discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.

    Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found.

    The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the highest average selling price in the world. Gem sold a 357-carat stone for $19.3 million in 2015 and in 2006 found the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.

    Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. ItΒ’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found. (Courtesy of Gem Diamonds)

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  19. stella, can you shed any light on what’s going on next door in regards to that letter to the media that sundance posted? If you can’t talk about it, that’s fine, but I admit I’m curious (and I’m not over there a lot anymore). Was sundance getting lots of media inquires into his work on that whole Russia dossier fiasco?

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    • stella says:

      I currently have no insider info, but I’ll take a look.

      Liked by 1 person

    • stella says:

      Okay, I read the letter. Sundance has gotten requests for interviews, radio interviews etc, over the years fairly regularly, and he never engages. His point, as it has always been, is that he isn’t the story, and the story is right there for them to use, if they care to do so.

      The only exception to that rule that I remember is that he (and several others of us) were interviewed by Jack Cashill over the telephone in Jack’s preparation for his book, “If I Had A Son”, which covered the George Zimmerman trial, and crowd sourcing by The Last Refuge which became part of the story.

      We also emailed with Bill Whittle in prep for his video about the same subject.

      Of course, those weren’t interviews in the usual sense. All we did was provide background info.

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  20. Lucille says:

    LIMBAUGH: TV Journalists And White House Press Corps Are ACTORS

    Liked by 1 person

  21. stella says:

    Something our California folks might be interested in:

    Join us for our Kick-off event, Saving California!

    Burbank Marriott, March 17, 2018 2500 North Hollywood Way Β· Burbank, California 91505 From 9 A.M. -5P.M. Followed by a separate event, a gala dinner at 7:00 P.M.

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    We have reached the critical Tippiing Point – will you let California wither and die without a fight?

    We are putting together an exclusive group for a dramatic day of Connecting, Creating and Celebrating on March 17 in Burbank. This is California’s Last Stand, and we want political insiders like you to stand with us.

    *Connect with top candidates, activists, leaders and cutting edge political game changers.

    *Create a roadmap for winning elections, as well as the hearts and minds of your neighbors.

    *Celebrate inspiring stories and new friendships.
    This is your chance to have discussions with top activists about what really works right here in California.

    Meet candidates and talk to top notch organizers. Be inspired by the stories that will save the culture.

    With brilliant communicators like Bill Whittle and Joshua Feuerstein, radical change agents like Sabo, LA’s notoriously delightful right wing street artist, and the smart energy of Turning Point USA”s Charlie Kirk, there’s something for everyone who knows we need to tell the story of what California’s future can look like when guided by conservative policy. With critical 2018 elections coming up, this is our Last Stand to save our state. Won’t you join us?

    Special guests like famed two-time Pulitzer winning political cartoonist, Michael P. Ramirez, radio host Rusty Humphries, and comedian Evan Sayet will share the lessons of humor in making stronger connections with those who agree with us, and persuading those who don’t.

    David Horowitz, founder of the Freedom Center will share what he’s learned about the popular culture battleground of LA, and how the power of reason can change minds. Karen Siegemund, of American Freedom Alliance will show you how to leverage your skills and manage your time to maximum effect.

    Celebrated author/pundit John Fund will give you the inside scoop on why voter fraud matters, and what to do about it.
    California business owners took a beating over the last 10 years, and small business advocate and host of the Whiskey Politics Show with Dave Sussman will explain little known techniques to get the financial boost you need to survive, and thrive in the future.

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    • Gil says:

      Thanks Stella. BTW, I have regularly been receiving campaign notices, via the rnc when I donated for POTUS, for this assemblyman, Travis Allen, who is running for governor. Maybe enough MAGA here this year….

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    • Lucille says:

      Good! I’ll send this to friends who still live there. They’ve met Bill and just about every conservative in the film industry. I’d say the movement needs to search out all conservative ethnic minorities that supported President Trump. California can never be taken back from the socialists without their help and influence in their communities.

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    • John Denney says:

      Thank you, Stella.

      I kinda like that it’s on St. Patrick’s day. He was a former slave who legendarily drove all the snakes out. πŸ™‚

      And Liberty! Leave it to the Irish to throw a drunken feast (corned beef!!) smack dab in the middle of Lent. πŸ™‚ I suppose you could call it the Feast of St. Patrick’s Intermission. πŸ™‚

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  22. stella says:

    Disgusting story out of California.

    Teen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 13 Malnourished Victims Held Captive in Perris Home, Including Kids Chained to Beds: Sheriff

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  23. lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

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

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

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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