Open Thread, Saturday 15 February 2014

The Child Who Was Never Born 00
Created by young Slovak sculpture Martin Hudáček, the work is meant to capture ‘the devestation’ abortion can bring to a woman, and the ‘pain, mercy, and forgiveness’ for those who -sadly- chose to terminate a pregnancy…

The Roman Catholic artist added that said the sculpture also ‘expresses hope which is given to believers by the One who died on the cross for us, and
showed how much He cares about all of us.’

From ReaganiteRepublicanResistance.  Hat tip, iOTW.

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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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30 Responses to Open Thread, Saturday 15 February 2014

  1. solaratov says:

    A beautiful sculpture.

  2. solaratov says:

    Got EMP?

    III

  3. Another angle.

    I met a woman at church with 8 kids a few weeks ago, and she was only one of several I know who had recovered from having previous abortions. Their stories all seem to be the same. Hardness and denial followed by redemption, forgiveness and peace. They are some of the happiest people I know. For them, the missing children are not ghosts, but the instruments of God’s forgiveness and of their own transformations.

    • This morning’s verse of the day says it all, LOUD and CLEAR!

      • Amen! But we should remember that he DOES love us. The woman I mentioned above could not allow herself to be forgiven for years, until a priest told her: “God knows you better than anyone, and HE forgives you. Who are you to refuse to be forgiven?”

        • I believe that is the most difficult of all…to forgive yourself. I like to meditate about Peter’s tears. It must be two-fold to akways have a great sorrow knowing that He denied His Lord 3 times even after being told so and adamently denying he would do so. The bigger portion of the tears would come from the understanding of how great God’s vast Love for Us (him in this case) is! That sweet intimate connection between God and man that allows us to be truely free of that burden which sin gives us. The cleansing of knowing that God forgives all not because of our love but because of HIS! I have written many times on this subject and am always fascinated on just how great God’s Love is! If God forgives you, how dare any other accuse or judge!

  4. Not sure where this is, but it looks like some of the country roads in southern Indiana I grew up around. It makes it really hard to drive drunk on roads like this. 😯

  5. Some nostalgia for your Saturday.

  6. It’s snowing like crazy back east, but it’s a beautiful day here in Colorado, so I’m going shooting with this guy, son#2. Time to throw some lead! See you all later!

    • barnslayer says:

      Have a good time! Quality time with your son and your new rifle.

      • Thanks, Barn! Had a great time and got a few rifles more completely zeroed in. Like you said, the iron sights on the M1A are really pretty good, and we were able to get really tight groups at 50-100 yds, but the ammo continues to be a nightmare. I need to order some online, but in the meantime, there’s nothing available to buy that’s really appropriate for this rifle. I WAS going to try out some 180gr .308 I bought at Cabela’s, even though it’s a little heavy, but the moment we got on the line and started loading up magazines, the graybeard’s noticed the round-nosed (heavy) bullets and gave us a 30 minute lecture on how that rifle is only designed to shoot military-surplus, 147gr ammo with the hardened primers, and I was going to blow up the rifle with the 180gr bullets. Of course, THEY were shooting Federal .308 hunting ammo with 175gr bullets in similar rifles, but somehow, THAT was ok. It was that 5 extra grains that was going to cause my gas piston rod to shatter. So, short-story… I got scared off that, and went with the only other alternative, surplus ball ammo that was over 30 years old. It’s all we could find. True, the Springfield manual repeatedly puts the fear of GOD in you about using old ammo, but what choice did we have? It worked great, anyway. Now I just have to figure out if I can safely shoot the heavy ammo I have. If 175gr is safe, I don’t see why 180gr isn’t, but who knows. If it’s true that the powder load is commensurately larger, then I might have a problem.

        • barnslayer says:

          Glad you had a good time!
          You can shop around at gunbroker or try these guys (I used them and they worked out very well).
          http://www.sgammo.com
          You can bounce your ammo concerns off these guys…
          http://m14forum.com

        • solaratov says:

          Springfield Armory says that you are only supposed to use the 147-150 grain military spec loads…or, at least, they used to say that. In fact, they used to say that use of anything other than the mil. ammo would void the warranty.
          Since people are using the 175 M-118LR in those guns, though, I see no reason for you not to.
          I wouldn’t bother with using a 180 round nose hunting bullet (unless you’re hunting bear or moose or some such). There’s no accuracy advantage; and round nose will be more prone to give you feeding problems. But you might want to give the Lapua 185 grain Scenar BTHP a try if you can find them. They are absolutely top-drawer!
          You can have the best of all of it by using the 168 grain – either the A-Max or similar style or BTHP/BTOT match ammo.

          III

        • texan59 says:

          By the looks of things, I would not advise rasslin’ that big fella. What more could you ask for. Good kids and good shootin’. 🙂

  7. solaratov says:

    Escape from ‘the East’…why we fought the ‘cold war’………

    III

  8. solaratov says:

    Now, why would they want to identify and follow people?

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/feds-want-to-track-your-dna-like-a-license-plate/

    III

  9. solaratov says:

    But…but…legalizing pot will remove the profit incentive and keep the cartels out………….

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/14/colorado-pot-drug-cartels/5485421/

    Sure, it will. /sarc/ 🙄

    III

  10. solaratov says:

    Every Man Should Have A Rifle
    Posted on February 15, 2014 by Wirecutter

    So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb,
    Seeing visions “over yonder” of the war I know must come.
    In the corner – not a vision – but a sign for coming days
    Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize.
    And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land,
    Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand.
    No – no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss –
    In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us!
    Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be,
    We shall march down, very quite, to our stations by the sea.
    While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war,
    Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store!
    Henry Lawson (1907)

    III

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